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Tips For Protecting Your Skin

With skin cancer being the most common type of cancer affecting American adults, it is essential to know how to protect your skin from damage. In light of National Healthy Skin Month, the health experts at RRH are here to share how you can effectively reduce your risk of developing skin cancer.

Important Statistics About Skin Cancer

With skin cancer being the most prevalent form of cancer affecting adults in the United States and around the world, it is important for people to understand other important facts about this chronic health issue:

  • 1 in 5 American adults will develop skin cancer by the age of 70.
  • 2 or more people die from skin cancer in the United States every hour.
  • Getting a sunburn more than 5 times doubles your risk of developing melanoma.
  • With early detection, 99% of people survive a melanoma diagnosis.
  • More people are diagnosed with skin cancer in the U.S. than all other forms of cancer combined.

Wear Broad-Spectrum SPF Year-Round

While many know the importance of wearing sunscreen during the summer months, it’s actually just as important to wear broad-spectrum SPF during the rest of the year too. Although we typically equate sun exposure to hotter temperatures, the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can still cause cellular damage to the skin during cooler temperatures.

By adding sunscreen to your daily skincare routine, you can help to prevent uncomfortable sunburns and skin cancer from developing. Be sure to use a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher and apply it to all areas of the skin that will be exposed.

Other Ways to Prevent Sunburn

Some additional tips to help prevent sunburn include:

  • Wear sunglasses with UV protection.
  • Wear protective clothing like long sleeves and pants.
  • Minimize your time spent in direct sunlight.
  • Wear brimmed hats.

Check Your Skin for Abnormalities

When it comes to the effective treatment of skin cancer, early detection is imperative. Along with seeing your dermatologist regularly, it is important to perform self-skin checks at home to look for any causes for concern.

Using a full-length mirror, thoroughly check over your whole body for skin changes and remember the ABCDEs of melanoma:

  • Asymmetrical moles or spots on the skin.
  • Moles that have an irregularly shaped border.
  • Changes in the color of the skin. (Abnormalities may be black, blue, brown, tan, or even white.)
  • Moles that have a diameter larger than a pencil eraser.
  • Spots that evolve or change over time in shape or size.

If you notice any of these changes in your skin, be sure to make an appointment with your dermatologist straight away for further testing.

Dermatology Services in Ridgecrest, California

Just like other areas of your physical health, your skin needs routine maintenance and care to stay in top condition throughout your life. At Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, we offer various dermatology services to assist you in keeping your skin looking and feeling the way you want it to.

Whether you’re experiencing skin concerns or you’re in need of a routine skin checkup, our knowledgeable dermatologist is here to help. To learn more about our dermatology services, visit our website or give us a call at (760) 446-3551 (Mon-Fri 8 AM-5 PM) to schedule an appointment.